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Silverthorn Farm is a multidisciplinary english boarding barn with 17 stalls on 137 acres, just minutes from

downtown Athens.


As a renovated 150 year old dairy barn, our facility offers history and rustic charm along with these modern day amenities:

  • 12x12 matted outer stalls with individual fans

  • 10 x 12 & 10 x 16 matted inner stalls with individual fans

  • 9 large pastures with small turnout groups

  • 4 small paddocks for individual turnout

  • 4 wash racks wtih temperature controlled water

  • climate controlled office and full bathroom with shower

  • boarder tack rooms

  • 200 x 225 sand arena with newly redone footing in 2020

  • 215 x 210 lighted sand arena

  • full jump course & dressage arena

  • sand round-pen for lunging and groundwork

  • 50 acres of trails


Stall board is $650/month and includes twice daily feeding, hay, stall cleaning, blanketing/fly spray and turnout. 

Pasture board is $375/month and includes seasonal blanketing/fly spray, and feed up to twice a day for an additional fee. 



Some of our facilities and residents



In the early 1880's, Georgia H Thurmond, a young Madison County Resident, returned from mining silver in Nevada to buy land and start farming. He acquired a farm at the junction of Oak Grove Rd and Jefferson River Rd. The King Plantation mansion, located where the present Middendorf home sits, was passed on his Athens supply trip. Mr. Thurmond fell in love with the governess, married her, and later bought 237 acres (the present day Silverthorn Farm, Pascova Farm, and 20 acres across the road. While away from the Jefferson River Rd location, the antebellum home was burned. The farm stayed in the Thurmond family for 3 generations. Stories of hiding silver in one of the natural springs on the farm from the union soldiers add to a rich cultural history.

In 1980, learning that his daughter and son-in-law were moving to Athens, Robert Menke decided to purchase 137 acres from a company who had acquired the land to build a shopping center. The farm was named Silverthorn after Mr.Menke. While traveling in England, he met a man named Mr.Silverthorn in the streets of Lincoln in Lincolnshire. After exclaiming how beautiful was the name, he promptly began addressing his wife in public as Phylis Silverthorn, and his daughter as Karen Silverthorn. On his best days when life was good, he was Robert Silverthorn. At all other times, he was just Bob Menke. The name has come to mean all that is sublime.

The farm has become a lifelong project. The Georgia stewardship program and the NRCS have been used to improve the property. May we all add our own piece of history and become better stewards of this farm and earth.



665 Jefferson River Rd

Athens, GA 30607

Tel: (678) 936-6185

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